Red Wings acquire oft-injured Fabbri from Blues for de la Rose
Jacob de la Rose, left, was sent to the St. Louis Blues for center Robby Fabbri.
After losing 5-1 to the New York Rangers Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, the Red Wings traded forward Jacob de la Rose to the St. Louis Blues for center Robby Fabbri.
Fabbri, 23, has played in only 41 games since the 2016-17 season. He suffered a torn left ACL on his left knee against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 17, 2017, and was done for that season.
Fabbri underwent two surgeries on the knee and also missed the entire 2017-18 campaign. When he returned in 2018-19, he suffered groin and shoulder injuries, which limited him to 32 games that season.
He has played in nine games this season with a goal and is minus -4.
Fabbri, 5-10 and 190 pounds, was the Blues’ first-round pick in 2014 (21st overall) and jumped directly from junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League (the Guelph Storm) to the NHL with St. Louis in 2015-16, and had 18 goals and 37 points as a rookie (he turned 20 in late January 2016). He also led the Blues in playoff scoring that season with 15 points (four goals and 11 assists) in 20 games.
Fabbri had 11 goals and 29 points in 51 games before his knee injury the following season.
De la Rose, 24, had a goal and four points and was plus-3 in 16 games with Detroit this season, playing on the third and fourth lines.
Wednesday night’s loss to the Rangers was the Red Wings’ fourth in a row. They have been outscored 22-5 in those games and are 1-11-1 in their last 13, having been outscored 57-21.